Michelle Lensink

Marine Parks

 As a supplementary question, in relation to any of the research taking place for marine parks, will the minister advise whether there is an intention to survey penguin colonies that may feed in marine parks?

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for Environment and Conservation, Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Minister Assisting the Minister for Health) (15:15): I have been advised that very extensive and intensive research has been going on now for a number of years, which I understand involves particularly those areas that are potentially of high environmental value and particularly those species, both fauna and flora, that are endangered or threatened, as well as those colonies that are important to our marine environments. In terms of the specific colonies that are being investigated, I do not have that detail with me, but I am happy to take that on notice and bring back a response.

Thursday 2 July 2009

In reply to the Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (19 June 2008).

The Hon. G.E. GAGO (Minister for State/Local Government Relations, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Government Enterprises, Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Energy): The Minister for Environment and Conservation has advised:

The government is currently conducting surveys on penguin colonies located close to some marine parks focus locations including on Pearson Island, Troubridge Island and Reevesby Island.

A study of Little Penguin feeding and reproductive behaviour at a number of locations around the State's coast is being conducted through the South Australian Research and Development Institute.

Little Penguin census counts also currently occur on an annual basis on Kangaroo Island, West Island and Granite Island supported by the Department for Environment and Heritage and Natural Resources Management Boards in collaboration with commercial operators and the community.

The data collected is being used to inform marine parks baseline data and is an integral component to ensure ongoing monitoring and management is effective.

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